The outpouring of community support during a four-hour radiothon held at Pikeville Medical Center on Valentine’s Day has surpassed $80,000 and continues to climb.
The “Hearts for Haiti” event, held in PMC’s front lobby, was initiated just over three weeks ago as a collective effort among the hospital, East Kentucky Broadcasting, Pikeville College, and several area businesses.
“These people really need our help and support,” PMC Chief Executive Officer and President Walter E. May said. “The people of this region always come together and show their support in a time of need.”
People throughout the region opened up their hearts and wallets to help the earthquake-shattered country. Officials estimate more than 220,000 people lost their lives when the 7.0 earthquake ravaged the country on January 12.
All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. Local director Robyn Tackett said the generosity of people in eastern Kentucky is unmatched.
“The support has just been overwhelming,” Tackett said. “I’ve had farmers come up to me and say they want to help . . . children in our schools have helped, and so many other organizations have come forward to help.”
Tackett said monetary donations can go a long way in helping those Haitians who have been displaced, injured, or left with little or nothing of their own.
“Money can be used in so many ways to help them,” Tackett said. “If we send certain items, those items may not be needed by the time we reach them.”
Several Pikeville Medical Center employees manned the telephones during the radiothon, along with several members of the Pikeville College men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Donations can still be sent to the American Red Cross at 113 S. Central Avenue Prestonsburg, Ky., 41653.